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Life isn’t worth living unless you’re living your life with divine-purpose

Posted in A New Beginning In Christ, Christian Life, Eyob B Kassa, God, Relationships, Religion, Thought of the day on 04/02/2012 by Eyob B Kassa

Sitting in my car, waiting for a call, watching everybody driving like someone is chasing them …this morning; I was thinking: everyday people are just like this. Get up, dressed up, grab something to eat or drink, drive, drive…. Come home, exhausted, beat up…then go to sleep…then comes another day.  Life is like an endless waltz, we dance through our life till we can’t dance no more. But, is this what life is all about? There must be something more to life or everything is vanity of vanities as the scripture says. So let’s think for a while. What’s the deal with this thing called “life”? It seems like everything has been set up NOT satisfy us no matter what we get or how much we get. You can have anything you want but we are created with endless desires and wants. But why? Or how so? I tell you one thing. Everything that we want is in this world but something that we need is not in this world and until we know or get that we will never be satisfied.

We need God to satisfy us ultimately. We need Him so bad because without Him life is meaningless. Here is the word from Saint Augustine, “Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in thee.” We cannot live a satisfied life until we fully satisfied in Him alone first.

My advice to you today: avoid destruction. Slow down! Just pause for a while! Ask some serious questions, where are you going? What are you run after? What makes you want to really live? Put an end to this endless and crazy running! Because there more to life than sleeping, eating, graduating, career, marriage, etc.

You are created in God’s image to have an intimate relationship and to glorify Him by being fully rest in Him and satisfied in Him. Our greatest desire is to know God, to glorify him. Why? Because that’s how we’ve been designed. But the question is, are you living your life for Him?

Eyob B Kassa

4/2/12

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Be Encouraged in the Lord

Posted in A New Begining, A New Beginning In Christ, Christian Life, God, Relationships, Religion, Theology, Thought of the day on 10/05/2011 by Eyob B Kassa

“David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” 1st Samuel 30:6

Sometimes in life, God doesn’t give you people; instead He gives you a challenge. You go through what you are going through, but you will grow. 

When things go wrong, when everything doesn’t make sense, when the unexpected hits and blows you like a tornado, when your situation gets worse and worse, when you are going through challenge after challenge, …etc what are you going to do at that moment? What do you hold on to? What keeps you sane? Positive? Determined? Peaceful? Joyful?  Etc etc.,

Life is not about surviving, but finding your path and most importantly yourself and your purpose.

A human heart is prone to trouble and the mind is easily discouraged, depressed, and stressed when confronted by a difficult and uncomfortable situation. At that moment our mindset got usually into a negative state, hope start breaking down, peace shuttered, and life start losing its balance, purpose and meaning.

Unless you redirect your focus and reframe your perception about yourself and your situation you will be discouraged and frustrated. At that moment what you are focusing on makes a huge difference. Where your focus is, so are you.

Consider the scenario!

While David and his men had been away from their camp, Amalekites, a longtime enemies of Israel, had swept in, burned everything, and taken the women, children and everything captive. When David and his men came back all that remained was heap of smoking ruins. Everything was gone! Everything was destroyed! It was a terrible loss. As we read in verse four, “David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” Some of the men also spoke of stoning him out of their distress over their families. And at that point, as the scripture says “David encouraged himself in the LORD his God” (verse 6b).

It is always easy to blame someone when tragedy took place. As someone said, “misrey loves company.” When we are on the edge of despair, we tend to blame on someone or something, and that was what these men did. David not only had to deal with his own personal loss (I Samuel 30:5,6a), but he also had to deal with six hundred angry, grief-stricken men.

Everything he had was taken and the rest was burning down. What a loss! But, how did he respond to his situation? Think about that for a moment. As he stood before his burning house what was going on through his mind? How did he handle it? Was there a choice for him at that moment? Of course! 

Friends, life’s circumstances can either make you bitter or better, it’s your choice. Your choice determines the outcome. In the midst of discouragement, David encouraged himself in the Lord. He chose not to be bitter, discouraged, and hopeless. Rather, he took courage and strengthened himself in the Lord His God. When you start looking your situation from a different perspective, when you start encouraging yourself in the Lord, and when you say “NO” to fear, tragedy, loss, disappointment, etc., you see the same situation more precisely and clearly.

Be realistic but keep your focus beyond your situation

Nothing has changed. David’s situation was terrible. Everything he had was gone. His situation looked beyond repair, beyond hope and beyond his strength. His situation was discouraging. He was also surrounded by angry warriors. David had more than a bad that day. The Amalekites had taken everything. But, there was one thing that the Amalekites could not destroy and could not take. There was one thing that they couldn’t stole: his faith in God. The scripture says, “he encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” He didn’t turn to no one but God. His focus was on the Lord.

No matter what you are going through, no one can take your faith from you unless you surrender it. You have an option not to convinced otherwise. But does this mean we deny the reality? Faith is not denial. To deny circumstantial reality in order to maintain a positive faith confession is always has a bad result. But, faith acknowledges and recognizes. True faith courageously faces the reality of any circumstances, situations, problems, giants, mountains, etc., but chooses to see them contrasted to the power and greatness of God.

You cannot deny the reality and say I have faith. Biblical faith isn’t denying the reality, it is the ability to see beyond the reality. Faith is knowledge in action. It is an active trust and confidence NOT on anything but the Lord himself. The scripture commanded us to be strong only in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10). As the matter of fact, “He is the One who gives power and strength to his people.” (Psalm 68:35).

Focus on God’s Promise, Not Your Problems!

Whenever obstacles appear in your life, redirect your focus on God and His promises. When you focus on your problems you will be discouraged but when you focus on God you will be encouraged. In Hebrews 12:1-3 we are encouraged to keep our eyes on Jesus. Then we will not become weary and faint. Ephesians 6:10 urges us “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power”.  One of the best ways you can encourage yourself during a difficult time is remembering who your God is. If you keep on focusing on the situation you will be discouraged, intimidated, fearful, and finally defeated, but when you switch your perspective to God and His ability you will become strong, determined, powerful, and focused. When God is the only source of hope you have, you got all you need. It is not what you see matter but how you see. In a time of adversity, keep your focus on God not your problem because God will bring light out of darkness, peace out of trouble, and all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28).

Ziklag is not your final destination but it’s a place of transition

Discouragement is inevitable. Every now and then we collide with a difficult situation that test our strength and faith. Yes, Ziklag may be a place of desperation, tears, and pain but it is also a place of restoration, transition and preparation to get your victory. It is a place where you repositioning yourself to jump into another level. All the disappointments, failures, pain, and struggles you’ve experienced right now will equip you to fulfill your destiny. Ziklag is not a place of rejection but it is a place of transition. Your situation is not your destination. Ziklag is not your final place where you give up all your hope and dream. It must be a place of preparation. It should be a place where you reorganize yourself, your energy, and your thoughts and prepare yourself to go to the next level.

Discouragement doesn’t come from Lord but from the devil. And discouragement can also be a sign that we are walking by sight not by faith. But this doesn’t mean when you walk in faith you will not experience discouraging situations and conditions. There are seasons you experience discouragement, there are times you are facing countless obstacles, and there are levels of challenges that you will experience in this life. But as long as you fix your eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of your faith…” Hebrews 12:2a no matter how much trouble you face, no matter how much you lost, no matter how bad your situation looks, God will restore you and He surely renew your strength.

No matter what you are going through you will never be placed in a situation God cannot handle. God isn’t at work producing the circumstances I want. God is at work in bad circumstances to produce the me he wants. John Ortberg

 Eyob B Kassa

September 30, 2011

 

Waiting on God: God is a rewarder of those who wait for Him

Posted in A New Beginning In Christ, Christian Life, God, Relationships, Religion, religon, Theology, Thought of the day on 06/14/2011 by Eyob B Kassa

Waiting on God: God is a rewarder of those who wait for Him

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting…

Sound familiar?

What are you waiting for today? How do you feel about waiting—love it? Hate it? … No matter what your answer is I can tell you this; waiting is an unavoidable part of human life, and it is painful. Nobody likes to wait; it is not entertaining at all! Waiting is exhausting. It is not relaxing. But, you know the good part? Waiting is not life itself.

“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living” said Voltaire

If there is one thing most people hate to do these days, it is to wait. We want everything to be faster, better, and cheaper. “I hate this waiting,” said my friend in our recent conversation “it make me sick.” We DO live in a “short attention span world” these days, right? I guess so!

However, day after day, we find ourselves having to wait – in traffic, in checkout lines, in doctor office, at school, at the bus station, etc etc. Life is full of opportunities to wait. We wait for a phone call, we wait for an answer, we wait for one single visit or one single “shot”…whatever that means….we go through our lives waiting and waiting…until the  next big thing.etc etc., everywhere … anywhere… No matter how much we hate waiting, we always end up sitting and waiting somewhere for something or somewhere for someone. Isn’t it ironic? I think it is.

Recently I read an article on Psych Central by Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project. The article called 8 Reasons Why Waiting in Lines Drives Us Crazy and it referenced an article called The Psychology of Waiting Lines by David H. Maister. Well, the article aimed at a different setting, but I found out that no matter where we are waiting, no matter who we are waiting, “waiting is painful as well as challenging” at least for many of us.

I got to be honest with you here though. Waiting, I’m not good at it. In fact, I hate to wait. I am really bad at waiting for anything.  That is too bad, right? Tell me about it! And at the end of the day I still end up at square one because I just wasn’t patient enough. But now I am just going to wait for God…… He knows be better than anyone. So, I’ll wait patiently!  Yes, it is not easy most of the times. Sometimes I find myself arguing with God, saying, “…God I have been waiting for this so l-o-n-g…! Can’t you see it? How many more hours, days, weeks, years… want me to wait? Don’t you think you are not moving ‘fast enough’?”

And whenever I find myself in such kind of “conditions” or “situations” I feel like God saying “Patience… just be Patient.”

“Hello! Look who’s talking now?”

 My question is” God, hmmm… how long God?”

And He always says, “wait!”  And here I am today, anxiously waiting, and waiting…

What are you waiting for today? Are you waiting for the Lord? Have you ever wondered why you’re waiting so long?

I think knowing why we hate to wait is very helpful. But most us of even hate to wait to find out why we hate to wait. Because; we are living in a rather impatient society (not to blame society), and we are so used to everything moving at break-neck speed, we want everything now, immediately, or instantly. Perhaps there are many reasons for our impatience. But in most cases, it has a direct relation to our perception about everything. Everything? Yes!

But I want you to understand that waiting on God is different for some basic reasons.

God’s timing is different than our own.

There is a fullness of the time in respect of every Divine movement. As someone said it once, “There is no frenetic hurrying in heaven, only calculated purpose.” The concept of God’s timing is more than the “concept of time” because time is for us not for Him. Waiting on God is about being with Him, and that is why the question of time is outside His zone. God does not calculate time the way we do. But as the Bible tells us that God makes all things perfect in His time. I think so of make such a common mistake that we know what we want but we miss God’s timing in carrying it out. God’s timing is different that ours. ‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him’ (Ps 37:7). “God is the God of time as well as of timing.”

Waiting time may be a “grueling process” but it is a time of blessing.

Wait a minute here! Blessing? Oh really? Yes! It is a time of blessing and refreshment. Often time, we compare waiting time to stagnation. But waiting time is a season of learning, maturing and blessing. When we face situations which we don’t understand, or when we encounter obstacles which we were not expecting, it is easy to give up and lose sight of God’s purposes. But it is a time of learning how to give up on our will and a time of receiving “new” insight, perception, revelation, understanding and wisdom about ourselves, God, and life itself.

Why is waiting so very important? Read Psalm 62:1 & 2 and 5 & 6; ‘My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. My soul, wait in silence only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress; I shall not be moved’. Waiting on God may be a “grueling process” but it is a time of transformation and maturity. Isaiah 40:28 –31 says “… But those who wait for the Lord shall change and renew their strength; they shall lift their wings and
mount up close to God as eagles mount up to the sun; they shall run and not get tired, they shall walk and not become weary’.

Waiting on God is not idle nor passive, but is an act of Trust, Hope and a time of Worship  

Waiting seems to be a long period of inactivity with no definite end point but “God is not idle in His house” and so we do. I hope you realized by now that waiting is an action verb. It is not only a time God is working with us but we are working within us too. Waiting gives us an opportunity to seek God diligently in prayer and studying
His word, it is a time of self-examination, and it is a time of preparation for what God is going to do in our lives. Time spent with God is not a wasted time unless we make it a waste of time. It is a character development time. Yes, it is not an easy season but it is a time we are “soaking in the presence of God” rather than distracted and get confused with other things.

My friend, if you are in a “waiting season” God is preparing you as a testimony of His greatness, so work with Him. God will not take you out of it! He will take you through. Your job is to trust Him do His work in your life, hope for His best in your life and Worship Him no matter what. “The ability to wait on the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and in what God is doing.”

Someone said once, “Waiting is the DNA of faith.” This may not be a perfect message for most of us who live in an “instant gratification culture” in which everything is about NOW! But life should not be like that. Waiting on God is hard, no doubt about it. Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God. But when we exercise our faith by turning our needs to Him, He will surely direct our steps. God is a rewarder of those who wait for Him. When we focus so much on what we waiting for, our anxiety rises up. We experience no peace, but restlessness. Waiting is not wasted; it is a part of the faith journey. Waiting is not wasted because we wait in faith, we wait in hope and we wait

Use waiting to grow closer to God. View your waiting time as a season of growth and development and you’re your “big moment” comes, you’ll find you’ll be that much more ready, and matured enough for your moment on the stage. “To wait is not merely to remain impassive. It is to expect–to look for with patience, and also with submission. It is to long for, but not impatiently; to look for, but not to fret at the delay; to watch for, but not restlessly; to feel that if he does not come, we will acquiesce, and yet to refuse to let the mind acquiesce in the feeling that he will not come.” – Dr. A.B. Davidson, Waiting on God (quoted in The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre) I originally read this quote here.

“Be waiting for the Lord, and keep his way; and you will be lifted up, and have the land for your heritage: when the evil-doers are cut off, you will see it.” Psalms 37:34

Psa. 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord”

Eyob B Kassa

June 13, 2011